Dental Emergencies that Require Immediate Attention
Sometimes, you simply cannot wait to see a dentist. Below, we’ve listed some common examples of mouth injuries that require a call to an emergency dentist right away.
A Completely Knocked Out (Avulsed) Permanent Tooth
Dental avulsion means your tooth has been completely displaced from its socket. This type of oral trauma requires immediate attention in order to avoid further damage. You should call your emergency dentist no matter the time of day if an adult tooth is knocked out. In the meantime, here are some steps to take to improve your chances of the best possible outcome:
- Pick up the tooth by the crown (the white part), and not the roots or bottom of the tooth.
- If the tooth is dirty, gently rinse it under cool water (no more than 10 seconds).
- Make sure you do not try to pull or wash off any remaining tissue on the tooth
- Once it’s rinsed, gently place and hold it in its socket if you can while you get to the dentist.
- If it’s too painful to place in the socket, put it in milk until you get to the dentist.
- Get to a dentist within 30 minutes if possible. The longer it takes to properly clean your socket, the tooth, and re-implant it, the less chance you have of saving the tooth.
A Tooth Abscess, or Severe Mouth Infection
An abscessed tooth can cause great pain, and it can become dangerous if not treated. A tooth abscess involves a pocket of pus that develops as the result of a bacterial infection. If not treated, this bacteria can dangerously spread to your jaw, neck, or brain. Thus, if you suspect you have an abscessed tooth, call our dentists right away. If you delay treatment, you risk much more than simply losing the tooth.
A Loose Permanent Knocked Out of Place
Sometimes a blow to the mouth make loosen a tooth or push it out of alignment. This type of trauma is another instance where you need to call a dentist for an emergency appointment. You do not want to risk the tooth falling out completely. While you’re waiting to see the dentist, follow this advice;
- Do NOT try to force the tooth back in place. If you can move the tooth into place with light pressure, do so.
- Try to gently bite down to keep the tooth in place.
Broken or Fractured Tooth
The severity of a broken tooth depends on how deeply the inside of the tooth is involved. Some broken teeth can be painful. Others may have no pain at all! A painful broken tooth usually means that the inside of the tooth has suffered damage. In this case, the quicker you can call a dentist, the better. If, however, the tooth has no pain or swelling, you usually can wait until normal office hours to call the dentist. For a painful broken tooth, call your dentist immediately. Don’t wait for the weekend to be over, and consider this advice:
- Keep any broken pieced if you find them and place them in milk. Take them with you to the dentist.
- If desired, rinse your mouth gently with salt water.
- Place a cold compress to the facial area if you have any swelling.
- Use a topical pain reliever like Orajel if you wish.
- Continue eating and drinking soft foods if it’s not too painful to do so.
- Call your dentist to discuss your situation.
Any Severe Dental Pain
Sometimes, you will not know what your true dental situation is. All you will know is that you’re in pain! Call our office, so we can start to help you determine the source of the pain. Even if the cause turns out not to be a “true” emergency, your pain deserves to be addressed! In addition, your worry deserves to be calmed.